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Keep Attendees Awake*: Writing Effective Presentations for International Conferences

Joshua L. Jacobs, MD
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*From St. Luke’s International Hospital, St. Luke’s Life Science Institute, Center for Clinical Epidemiology, Tokyo, Japan.

Correspondence to: Joshua L. Jacobs, MD, St. Luke’s Life Science Institute, 10-1 Akashi-cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan 104-0044; e-mail: jjacobs@hawaii.edu


Chest. 2008;134(1):204-206. doi:10.1378/chest.08-0768
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The work you have done is important. Writing up what you have done, be it as a case report, a research report, a process innovation, or new insights and observations, requires special skills and effort, and has been addressed by others in this series of medical writing tips. A common first step is writing a brief abstract for acceptance to speak at a regional, national, or international conference. Once accepted, you are faced with the challenge of preparing an oral presentation. How you present your information is critical to your message being heeded. Important information will be lost if not communicated properly. Most conferences allot 10 to 15 minutes for oral presentations. You must be efficient with your message.

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